Full_bw_desmoinesskyline
 

Next Event

Panorama_desmoinesskyline
09 OCT

NEXT EVENT VOL 18

Please join us for this special event at the Salisbury House & Gardens.  PechaKucha Night Des Moines Volume #18 will be outside in the Gardens of the beautiful Salisbury house property.

VIEW EVENT
 
Thumb_vol_2014_20pkn_20deck_201.093

Kitchen Science: Fermenting with SCOBYs

BY SARAH HARGREAVES
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Sarah Hargreaves goes over some of the amazing science behind the process of fermentation and shows how you can take advantage of it to easily make cheap and delicious new foods in your own home.

Thumb_vol_2014_20pkn_20deck_201.045

Back to the Land

BY NICK WALLACE
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

With sugary and inorganic food on the rise, Nick Wallace advocates for a shift back to Iowa's reliance on the land. He tells us stories of troubles throughout his life that he sees as a blessing in disguise, as these tough times encouraged him towards a healthy lifestyle and a return to his agrarian roots.

Thumb_vol_2014_20pkn_20deck_202edited.014

The Hero's Sandbox

BY MATHEW SMITH
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Mathew Smith teaches us that by searching for problems in the world we can understand what we want to do with our lives. He lays down a yellow brick road to guide us, and discusses the archetypal hero's journey.

Thumb_vol_2014_20pkn_20deck_201.075

Puppy Mills in Iowa

BY MARY LAHAY
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

When Mary LaHay went shopping for a new puppy, she uncovered a shocking practice. Watch this presentation to learn what puppy mills are and why we should be more careful about where we buy our puppies from.

Thumb_vol_2014_20pkn_20deck_202edited.127

New Zealand

BY JENNIE SMITH
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Jennie Smith tells you why you should go to New Zealand right now.

Thumb_vol_2014_20pkn_20deck_202edited.099

Life Transformation

BY CRAIG NEIDERHEISER
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

An inspirational talk by Craig Neiderheiser on how he turned his health around and how you can too.

Thumb_vol_2014_20pkn_20deck_201.108

Introversion

BY CALEB KELLER
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Caleb Keller goes over common misconceptions about introversion and how we can make better use of introvert's strengths. Caleb also discusses the realities of our extrovert-dominated society and how it came to be that extroverts are championed, whereas introverts are marginalized.

"Presentation of the Day" on October 14, 2013.

Thumb_vol_2014_20pkn_20deck_201.030

Conscious Consumerism

BY BETHANY WILCOXON
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Bethany Wilcoxon is dialed in to the latest mobile applications asssiting their users in purchasing goods responsibly. She discusses her personal goals to cut down on spending, and speaks on apps like "Buycott" which encourage consumers to purchase from corporations who are socially and ethically responsible.

 

DES MOINES Blog

Top 5 Presentations in October 2013

Time just carries on with its tireless march forward and -- wow, just like that -- it's November! You know what that means: we have a fresh, steaming, stuffing-filled cornucopia of presentations for you (with a side of cranberry sauce)!
Here are the Top 5 Presentations of the Day for the month of October 2013: 

"Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" by Kate Garmey.

"Introversion" by Caleb Keller.

"Human Trafficking" by Ali Weiner.

"Fear. Pain. Humor." by Mark Rickmeier.

"The San Francisco of Tomorrow" by Craig Scott.

Read More
 

About the City's Organizers

  • Matt McQuillen

    Matt is the Assistant City Manager for the City of Clive. He has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from Iowa State University, with a focus in City Management. He first came across Pecha Kucha Night due to his previous job working for the City of Ankeny. The Ankeny City Manager sent Matt and another staff person to the Creative Cities Summit in Lexington, KY in April 2010. During the Summit Matt was exposed to the Lexington chapter of Pecha Kucha Night and instantly fell in love with the format and medium for talking about things people are passionate about. On the way home from the Summit he was thinking about ways to bring PKN to Des Moines and immediately identified the Des Moines Social Club as the best venue for event. From there he was introduced to Sarah and the rest is history.... Matt sees PKN as a great way to learn new things and create a sense of community that makes the Des Moines Metro a great place to live. He is excited to help bring the first PKN to Iowa and looks forward to talking to you about sharing your passion by presenting!

  • Sarah Noll Wilson

    Sarah is the Talent Development Business Partner for ARAG, legal solutions provider. She has a Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance from Drake University. It was in her time at Drake when she became introduced to the Pecha Kucha format for a final class presentation. She was immediately hooked and began researching PechaKucha events. Upon reaching out to the Des Moines Social Club to host this event, she was put in contact with Matt McQuillen and now they have organized 13 events over the past three years. In addition to her day job focused on helping leaders and teams fulfill their potential, she is actively involved in the Des Moines Performing Arts community. She has performed improvisation with CXP, Des Moines Premier Improvisation troupe, for the last 8 years. And can be found leading workshops combining her passion of the arts with the art of business. Sarah, a self professed "inspiration junkie", is so proud of how Des Moines has embraced PechaKucha Nights.